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GARY FRANCIS SULLIVAN


1937 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
GARY FRANCIS SULLIVAN Obituary
Gary Francis Sullivan, 76, Shawnee, Kan., and Tombstone, Ariz., passed away March 3, 2014, in Arizona. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee, followed directly by the memorial service at 3 p.m. Gary was born July 16, 1937, to John and Essie Sullivan in Wichita, Kan. He was the youngest of three children. On April 1, 1967, Gary married Norma Marie Brunk, daughter of Max and Letta Brunk, in the Brunk family home in Ithaca, NY. In April they would have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. Gary graduated from Yates Center, Kan., High School and graduated from Kansas State University with both a B.S. and M.S. in Economics. He was a US Army Veteran. He worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City until heading to graduate school at the University of Chicago obtaining an ABD Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics which is where he met his love, Norma. Gary and Norma moved to Niles, Mich., where their two daughters, Kimberly Erin (1969) and Jennifer Allison (1970) were born. They then relocated to Topeka, Kan., where Gary worked for the Department of Welfare. They moved to Shawnee in 1976 where Gary worked for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Their son, John Edwin was born in Shawnee in 1979. After Gary retired from the Federal Government in 1997, he and Norma traveled the US and many places internationally before settling in Tombstone. In Tombstone, Gary and Norma enjoyed going to military balls, dressing the part in vintage Civil War military uniform. Gary was involved in politics and political campaigns; serving as a precinct committeeman and helping politicians at the local, state and national levels. He had a passion for history and wars past. Gary was instrumental in helping start and build the Irish American Club of Shawnee, including leadership in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. He loved history, politics, traveling, boats, and anything Irish, but mostly he loved people. He loved people without judgment and will be remembered most of all for being a devoted husband to the love of his life, Norma. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Norma Sullivan; children, Kim Sullivan Krummel and husband Dale Krummel of Fayetteville, Ark., Jenny Sullivan of Shawnee, and John Sullivan and wife Jenny Diane Sullivan of Overland Park, Kan.; grandchildren, Matthew Krummel, Maggie Krummel and Cassidy Illum. He is also survived by his brother, Don Sullivan of Wichita, Kan., sister-in-law, Kathy Brennan and her husband Peter Brennan of Berkshire, NY, and many other extended family members and great friends who will miss our pleasant, fun, funny, caring, friendly and interesting man with impeccable character. Gary, you will always be in our hearts, know you had a positive impact on many lives, and will continue to have an influence on your extensive group of family, friends and community. In our hearts, we say thank you and we love you. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Association for Cancer Research - AACR in Gary Sullivan's name. Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com. Arr.: The Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, (913) 631-5566. T
Published in Kansas City Star from Mar. 9 to Mar. 12, 2014
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